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Closing the gap: How to help solve America’s growing digital divide

July 29, 2021

Closing the gap: How to help solve America’s growing digital divide
 
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The internet is no longer an option.
 
In fact, in 2016, the United Nations General Assembly declared access to the internet to be a basic human right. And in the United States, in urban areas, 97% of people have access to high-speed internet.

But once you move to the rural areas of the country, that number drops to 65%. Which means that 30 million Americans don't have access to reliable high-speed internet. Homes, families and small business owners are left wondering what to do.
 
Thankfully, there are companies stepping up to help bridge this digital gap, including one of Ingram Micro’s partners—Verizon.
 
Justin Pugh, a Solutions Sales Executive here at Ingram Micro, joins us on this episode to talk about:
 
  • The FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund
  • The Verizon Business Internet Plan
  • How Ingram Micro partners can take advantage of the FCC Emergency Connectivity fund
  • Where technology is going in the next year
 

Bringing in the FCC

COVID didn’t create the digital divide, but it certainly shined a light on it. As millions of families and employees were forced to take school and work home, they were left scrambling for devices and the connectivity to make it happen.
 
As a part of the American Rescue plan, $7.2B was allocated to help fight this growing divide, hoping to deliver internet and reliable connectivity to those that need it most: our educators, children and small businesses.
 


The 5G revolution

Verizon is going all in for every American that needs connectivity, no matter where they need it. With the implementation of 5G service all over the country, they’re aiming to reach all of those people who were left behind with traditional broadband service.
 
And as an Ingram Micro partner, you can also take advantage of these FCC Emergency Funds with Verizon behind the connectivity part of it all.
 
How?

Step one is being a member of the Verizon partnership program, which you can find out more about by reaching out to ignite@ingrammicro.com. The partnership is really designed to power small businesses.

Because at the end of the day, we’re here to help add value to your business. To help your business grow, navigate the channels, and walk in the door with you and your customers.

Because we’re all knocking on the same doors. So why not knock on them together?
 
To learn more about the Verizon partnership program, reach out to ignite@ingrammicro.com